Please welcome back our usual Tuesday contributor, Cat from Budget Blonde.
Are you tired of reading about baby stuff from me yet? Don’t answer that! ;-) I can’t help it. I have babies on the brain! Plus, I have a lot of tips to share when it comes to saving money on baby stuff. Since I’ve had to buy things for two little bambinos, I’ve had to be smart about what I get. I’m definitely not 100% ready for my kids to come into the world just yet, but I’m getting much, much closer! Here’s what I’ve learned so far:
1. Kids Don’t Need $700 Cribs
Don’t get me wrong; I’ve seen a lot of gorgeous cribs in that price range. Plus, if you have the extra money and that’s what you want to splurge on, more power to you. However, for my little frugal self-employed self with my student husband, we can’t go out and buy two $700 cribs if we intend to stay committed to saving money on baby stuff.
So, I found one I liked at Wal-Mart of all places. It’s $217 and my in laws are going to buy one of them as a shower gift. You could also go out and get a second hand crib, but I kind of wanted two matching ones, which was hard to find on Craiglist.
2. Don’t Let Anyone Influence Your Buying Decisions
So, you know everyone loves to give you their opinion on raising kids, right? I can’t tell you how many people have given me their thoughts on what to buy, what I have to have, etc. Unfortunately, kids are different, and what works for one kid might not work for mine. So, I’ve tried not to let people influence my buying decisions.
For example, I really want to try cloth diapers. If they can save a lot of money for one baby, imagine how much they can save for two. Plus, I work from home, so I’ll be right here ready to change their cute cloth bums and take whatever extra time the cloth diapers require. Seriously, though, you wouldn’t believe how many people have been adamantly against us doing this, even telling me they were going to buy us disposable diapers for our shower anyway since we’re bound to change our minds.
The moral of the story is that if I listen to all the advice that everyone is throwing at me about what to buy and what to do, I’d definitely be broke right now!
3. Start Saving Money on Baby Stuff by Buying Things Slowly
In case you didn’t know, I apparently have to have a swing and a bouncer and a bassinet and a crib and a playpen etc. etc. etc. because it will make my life with twins “easier.” But, I’m moving across the country when the twins are a month old, and I don’t have a lot of room for all of that stuff. Plus, what if I buy two swings and they both hate it? I’d rather slowly acquire a few things over time, rather than spending all my money right now on things they might not need. This, so far, has been the #1 way I’ve found to stay committed to saving money on baby stuff – by just taking my time with picking out things and not going overboard.
Are you a parent? How did you resist the urge to splurge when you were shopping for baby stuff? How did you stay committed to saving money on said baby gear?
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